Trump, Saudi king reaffirm ‘defense partnership’ in phone call

      Published on Monday, 11 May , 2020      1677 Views     
Trump, Saudi king reaffirm ‘defense partnership’ in phone call

US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud reaffirmed the “strong United States-Saudi defense partnership” in a Friday phone conversation.

The White House statement, as cited by Reuters, also noted that the two leaders agreed on the “importance of stability” in the international energy markets and discussed a range of other matters of common interest.

The conversation between the two leaders followed reports that the US was pulling two out of its four Patriot anti-missile batteries out of the Gulf kingdom.

The batteries were likely to be replaced with Riyadh’s own ones, Bloomberg reported.

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo confirmed the pullout Friday in an interview with Ben Shapiro, saying the redeployment was part of a “normal rotation” and was not indicative of a decline in US support for its Gulf ally.

Previously, the Wall Street Journal reported that the pullout was dictated by an assessment that Iran, the prime threat the Patriot batteries were supposed to be deterring, could no longer endanger US interests in the region.

Pompeo did not confirm this report and said that the pullout had nothing to do with the OPEC deal cutting oil output, with Trump earlier reported threatening Riyadh he would withdraw US troops out of the country if the cartel failed to slash production.

Category King, World News | 2020/05/11 latest update at 7:10 AM
Source : 24 news | Photocredit : Google
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